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ADMIN QUICK TIPS: Ask for What You Want

05 May, 2021 | Assertiveness | Return|


“If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask.” 

- W. Clement Stone 


One of life’s fundamental truths is “Ask and you shall receive.” Kids can ask for what they want, whether it’s an ice-cream cone or a new toy. As adults, we seem to lose our ability to ask for what we want.  However, the world responds to those who ask.  Fortunately, there are many different asking strategies and we can create future abundance in our lives just by mastering the art of asking. 


There are three reasons why we don’t ask for what we want: 

  • We believe that it’s not right to ask. 

  • We lack confidence 

  • We fear rejection 


Some people don’t enjoy the rewards of asking because they don’t ask effectively.  Here are four ways to ensure that you get results when you ask: 

  1. Ask clearly.  Be precise.  Think about your request.  Take time to prepare—maybe even write out what it is you want and practice. Words are powerful so choose them carefully. 

  1. Ask with confidence.  You are more apt to get what you want if you speak up and sound confident rather than hesitate and sound unsure of yourself. The worst that can happen is that you will be denied, but it probably won’t put you in a worse situation than before.  If this route is closed, look for another. 

  1. Ask creatively.  What can you do to make sure you make an impact, and to make certain your request doesn’t get lost in the crowd? How could you make your request stand out?  How can you make your request fun? Schedule some time every month to dream up new and different ways to ask for what you want. 

  1. Ask sincerely.  When you really want help, people will respond.  Be willing to be vulnerable, and tell it the way it is, lumps and all. Don’t worry if your presentation isn’t perfect; ask from your heart. 


So, stop wondering and start asking.


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